Ethics complaint questions talk of politics, not policy

Political consultant alleges Elisa Chan violated city ordinance

SAN ANTONIO – As a Democratic political consultant, D'mitri Kosub (pictured) said he believes in robust campaigning.

"But once you're elected and once you enter City Hall, I think that's where the politics need to stop," Kosub said.

Kosub filed an ethics complaint against his District 9 City Councilwoman Elisa Chan (pictured below) that questions the talk of politics instead of policy during the secretly recorded staff meeting at City Hall about the proposed non-discrimination ordinance.

"Rather than how it would affect the district as a whole, it seemed to be narrowly focused on how it would play with a small, partisan political constituency," Kosub said.

In the recording and later interviews with those who were there, Kosub said the meeting was "purely focused instead on the partisan impact of her future Republican primary chances."

In a statement late Wednesday, Chan spokesman Roger L. Legrand said, "with regards to the ethics complaint we have just a simple comment: Councilwoman Chan is confident that she has not violated any City Ordinance."

"You can have that sort of discussion, but I think you need to remove yourself from city property, divorce yourself from city staff, and have those sorts of discussions in your campaign office," he said.

Since Chan is an elected city official, City Attorney Michael Bernard said he will have to recuse himself, then have a private attorney review Kosub's complaint as to whether it has any merit.

Click here to read the administrative directive and city ordinance cited in Kosub's complaint.

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